Top Five Books that Were Hard for Me to Read

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

As always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. Today we are talking about books that I'm not sure I want to read.

So today's theme is top five books that were hard for me to read whether that be because of the cringe-worthy prose, or material, or page-count, etc. My list contains a mixture and not one specific theme.

1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Most people would say that the page-length was what made this hard, but that was most definitely not the reason for me. The last 200 pages were extremely hard for me to read. Though I read the entire book in the matter of three days (all I did during those three days was eat, sleep, and read). Instead what really killed me was what happened to some of the characters. Those of you who read the book will understand. That's not to say that I won't read the rest of the series. I love it too much not to! *check out my review here

2. Brisingr by Christopher Paolini. This is another book that despite have a rough go of it, I still loved it. I tried reading the beginning of that book on three different occasions, but always ended up putting it down when he went on an authorial monologue of description. I finally read it and finished it just before Inheritance (the final book) came out and by the end I quite enjoyed it.

3. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Some of you huge scifi buffs are going to murder me in my sleep for saying this, but this was definitely a DNF for me. Personally, I think Orson Scott Card is a dick. I don't like him as a person and what he stands for, nor do I really like how he writes. It just falls very flat to me. I respect him because he has good concepts and ideas, but it just doesn't do it for me.

4. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. In a weird way, I like LaFevers, but this book nearly killed me. I didn't like it for many reasons, namely the tense, perspective, and voice she uses when writing historical fiction/quasi-fantasy. It pulled me out of the story all the time which thoroughly frustrated me. I still read the second book but only because I got it for $1.99 on Kindle. I will give her credit the second one was much better than the first. *check out my review here

5. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. I refuse to believe this was actually a book. I didn't like ANYTHING in it except for the first sentence of the first chapter. It was a terrible plot and ÜBER boring! Characters were flat in comparison to the villain (which oddly spanned the entire trilogy despite his death). Everything was just a fractured excuse for a final installment. *check out my review here


  1. Interesting what you say about Orson Scott Card. I read Ender's Game many years ago, long before I knew anything about the author. I've also read some of his books on writing, as well as his "Sleeping Beauty" retelling, Enchantment. After reading about him and his skewed views in recent years, I hesitate to recommend any of his books... which is too bad, because some of them are decent.

    I still need to read Grave Mercy. I've heard good things about it, and I've also heard that the second book is better than the first. I guess I need to get it out of the way, though, if I want to have any idea what's going on in the series!

    1. Yeah, I also just don't really like his way of story telling either, and the fact that he's such a rude person, makes me not like him at all. You should definitely read Grave Mercy. It's good enough to read once and then the second is much better. :)

  2. I liked Bitterblue but it was definitely lacking the thing that Gracelineg and Fire had.

    1. Really? It was so hard for me to get through. I'm glad you at least enjoyed it though.


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